THE WEDGE PRINCIPLES
- Transparent, Affordable Pricing
- Freedom to Choose
- True Patient Privacy
- No Government Reporting
- No Outside Interference
- Cash-Based Pricing
- Protected Patient-Doctor Relationship
- All Patients Welcome
They all have it. Every industry seems to have a list of obligatory phrases, two or more of which must be used in any meeting or memo in order to sound professional and lend a sense of credibility to
1.“Insurance is not necessary for all healthcare.”
2.“Not all healthcare is expensive.”
3.”Employers can use Direct Primary Care to lower healthcare costs.”
Healthcare is the only field where insurance is not only used for rare events, but also common and frequent events. However, “insurance is not necessary for all healthcare”.
To reduce frequency of claims, a large segment of medical care has to be affordable to render insurance unnecessary. Thankfully, “not all healthcare is expensive.”This is where Direct Primary Care makes its grand entrance.
Direct Primary Care takes this majority of healthcare, and caps the cost into an affordable, manageable, flat monthly fee, typically less than $90 per month. As a result, insurance use (and cost) is minimized to rare occurrences.“Employers can use Direct Primary Care to lower healthcare costs.”
For a state that prides itself on providing superior healthcare services for its citizens, Massachusetts is emerging as the state that no other state wants to emulate. No matter how much policymakers
Last Wednesday, January 6 2016, was a day I will not forget any time soon. It was a day that showed me the worst of our healthcare system but also the best. The week prior, a new patient enrolled with
The first article I saw, today, was “Find your social media voice. Patients are listening.” It admonished physicians to ‘get out there’ and get online. Participate in social media. Patients are hungry for the truth – physicians’ knowledge.
Well, I do those things – but, I am very, very careful about what I say. I don’t want to “offend” anyone, including other doctors. Nor do I want to violate HIPAA laws. Who would have thought I would one day need to fear a giant set of laws when all I really needed was the common sense to not violate patient confidentiality.
I have begun to change my ways of interacting with the internet. Over the past few months, I have begun clearly speaking my mind. I hope I offend someone. I hope I make people – doctors and those who are not – THINK. I will spread my political opinions whether you agree with them or not. I will spread my medical opinions, based on academic learning, practicing as a physician, and my experiences as a patient – whether everyone likes it or not – and whether it meets someone’s official definition of ‘evidence-based medicine’ or not.
Is THAT what you mean by ‘engaging’ in social media, Dr. Ting? I doubt it, but that’s what my experience has taught me: I can’t make a difference if I don’t make waves.
With over 50% of primary care providers believing that efforts to measure quality-related outcomes actually make quality worse, it seems there may be something missing from the equation. Relationships may be the key. Surveys consistently demonstrate that patients prioritize both the interpersonal attributes of their providers and their individual relationships with providers above all else. Doctors also ascribe great value to relationships. Kurt Stange, an expert in family medicine and health systems, calls relationships “the antidote to an increasingly fragmented and depersonalized health care system.”